On 18 September 2006, at 1417 Eastern Standard Time, a Boeing Co 777-2H6 aircraft, registered 9M-MRM, departed Brisbane Airport, Qld for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The flight crew reported that, at approximately 1422, when the aircraft was 74 kms west-north-west of Brisbane Airport and climbing through 10,300 ft, they felt a 'sudden jerk' followed by an Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System message 'ENG FAIL R'. The crew informed Brisbane Air Traffic Control of the right engine failure and performed the relevant checklist items to successfully restart the right engine.
After dumping fuel to reduce the landing weight, the crew returned the aircraft to Brisbane Airport. The company's ground handling agent's engineering personnel replaced the right engine Fuel Metering Unit (FMU) and the aircraft was returned to service.
The investigation found that there had been a loss of damping fluid in the turbine overspeed servo valve, adversely affecting the operation of the servo valve. As a result, the turbine overspeed servo valve became de-latched, and the engine shut down in flight.
A number of safety actions were carried out as a result of this incident, including by the:
- manufacturer of the turbine overspeed servo valve, who will check the servo valve when the units are returned for overhaul; and
- manufacturer of the FMU, who mandated a check of the torque setting of the turbine overspeed servo valve retaining bolts when the units are returned to their repair bases.
In addition, the engine manufacturer:
- is investigating the feasibility of the development of a test to confirm the serviceability of the turbine overspeed servo valve damping fluid in installed engines; and
- has published non-Mod Service Bulletin NMSB73-F408. That bulletin recommended the on-wing torque inspection of the turbine overspeed servo valve bolts in all installed engines or engines in overhaul shops where the life of the FMU is greater than 5,000 hours.
|Date:||18 September 2006||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Location:||74 kms WNW Brisbane Airport|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Engine failure or malfunction|
|Release date:||02 October 2007||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||The Boeing Company|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Brisbane, Qld|
|Destination||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|